June 4th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
13 years ago

Lieberman attacks Obama over foreign policy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/04/art.lieb.gi.jpg caption="Lieberman had sharp words for Obama."](CNN) - On the first day of the general election campaign, the very first Republican conference call attacking presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama featured his party's 2000 vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Lieberman.

"Senator Obama argued today that American foreign policy in recent years has essentially sort of strengthened Iran," said Lieberman on a conference call for reporters hosted by John McCain's campaign Wednesday. "..If Israel is in danger today, it's not because of American foreign policy, which has been strongly supportive of Israel in every way. It's not because of what we’ve done in Iraq, it’s because Iran is a fanatical terrorist expansionist state."

On the same call, Republican Rep. Eric Cantor of Ohio said Obama's speech did nothing to dispel doubts about his commitment to Israel.

Both men spoke shortly after Obama addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington. The GOP has been hoping that concerns by some in the Jewish community about the Illinois senator's willingness to diplomatically engage Iranian leaders will allow them to make inroads with that crucial Democratic voting bloc.

Lieberman, who endorsed John McCain earlier this year, has been increasingly critical of Obama - particularly his goal to end the war in Iraq. The Democrat-turned-independent has been a strong supporter of President Bush's Middle East and Iraq policies.

Obama endorsed Lieberman in his 2006 Democratic primary battle against challenger Ned Lamont. But after the Connecticut senator lost and decided to run as an independent, Obama switched his support to Lamont, who shared his opposition to the Iraq war.

soundoff (577 Responses)
  1. Don in CA.

    The only Dem with a brain.

    June 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. johnE

    BUSH'S IRAQ POLICIES UNDER RUMSFELD WERE THE FAILURE. SINCE HE WAS FIRED, GENERAL PATREAUS AND ROBERT GATES HAVE IRAQ SLOWLY ON TRACK. THE BLAME AMERICA FIRST LIBERALS DONT WANT US TO KNOW THIS. THEY ARE PRECONCIEVED TO DEFEAT ..ALLFOR POLITICAL GAIN AND SECURING MORE WELFARE. IT IS CHRYSTAL CLEAR WHY LENIN WROTE LONG AGO THAT "WESTERN SOCIALISTS WERE HIS USEFUL IDIOTS"

    June 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Adrian

    I would like to ask all those out there who keep bringing up the subject that Barak Obama does not have the experience to be electable come November.
    Where would they be today if after graduating, with degrees in hand and being interviewed, they were told that they do not have any experience?
    Furthermore, what else does John McCain know about other than going to war and spending time in captivity.
    Does Mr Obama have to spend time in the enemy prison and tortured to qualify?
    Get off the "pot" Lieberman and others, (you know who you are)
    John McCain is asking for free media coverage by asking Mr Obama to engage inTownhall meetings. Hope Mr Obama does not fall for his shenanigans.
    Seems McCain wants to have topics to campaign on besides his service in the military. Mr. Obama already commended you on your service.
    Suggestion,,,,,Maybe the only way for McCain to win over Obama is to have Hillary Clinton as his running mate. He already has her supporters who proclaim they would not vote for Obama. You have seen them parade for the media. (Would not waste words on them here). But, good luck to them. Hope they would have the courage to refuse the benefits when Mr Obama is in the White House.

    June 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Betsy

    "On the first day of the general election campaign, the very first Republican conference call attacking presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama featured his party's 2004 vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Lieberman."

    Don't you mean 2000 vice presidential nominee?? 2004 was John Edwards

    June 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Deb

    It's too bad that the party of JFK, FDR, Scoop Jackson, Truman, Gore, and Lieberman, all stalwart defenders of global liberty and strong responders to tyranny and aggression, has now been co-opted by the far left and MoveOn crowd.

    As a once-proud Democrat, I can say that for the last five year, the Democratic party has been poorly -advised in their foreign policy choices, practicing partisan politics over national security needs. McCain certainly has my vote, and I will work to see the present Democratic platform exposed and ridiculed. Bring back the grown-ups.

    June 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Pedeen

    Same old politics !!! which have costed over 4,000 lost lives in Iraq! we can count the lost lives but what about the pain, anguish the families of the deceased go through ! shame on you Lieberman!

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. bridgette

    I understand that Israel is our ally, but, if the Republicans and the rest of the politicians cared about the American people that much maybe we wouldn't be so angry at politicians right now. They are really trying to make Israel the center for this election. They can't run on the war, economy, or the debt so they have to find something to be the focus. My question is this, why is Israel not over in Iraq helping us since we are giving them billions of dollars annually. And I am not trying to be mean but come on let's be real. This is not an issue that we have to give all our focus too. Israel is not going anywhere. They have the best army that my tax dollars can pay for.

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Mike Jones

    Hey whats that smell? Oh that Joe Lieberman. Go back in your hole, troll.

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Pam

    Shut up, Lieberman. You have no credibility.

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Dee, St. Louis

    Lieberman better try to help McCain remeber his lines. LMAO

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Yankee Dog

    When I realize this man is my Senator from CT I hang my head in shame. Goodness Joe, just go ahead and switch to the Repugs party and get it over with. When it comes to foreign policy, you and McNutso make a wonderful dymanic duo of incompetence.

    June 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Tired in CO

    I suppose even crazy people can have opinions...

    June 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. bernj

    This dude is nuts. A lap boy for McSame.

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Keith

    Turtle is too far advanced on the evolutionary chain. Let's try something more his range, A single-celled amoeba with no soul sounds more appropriate. And no he is not a Democrat!

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. JB

    Joe Flip, John Flop

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Bukky

    Have you no decency...?

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Tim in Canada

    Honest Abe, we don't want him up here, Mexico perhaps.

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Chris, Toledo, OH

    Washington and Jefferson urged "entangling alliances with none." John Quincy Adams stated that America should be viewed as a country that "has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings as to the last vital drop that visits the heart."
    Could Lieberman ever follow this advice in regards to Isreal? Our national defense involves one thing, the defense of our nation. Where do Lieberman's allegiances lie? He is anti-American, and so is almost everyone else in Washington who does not follow a foreign policy of freedom. George Bush once sarcastically asked if "we're going to have kind of a 'nation-building corps from America. Both himself and anti-Americans like Rice and Lieberman have answered that question. It is definitively yes. That is exactly what we have come to.

    June 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Ernest

    Shot-up fool

    June 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. no-spin in dc

    David – NYC said it best. he's toast in Connecticut and looking for a job. It's pretty sad to witness.

    June 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Change

    what does Looserman have to say

    June 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Chip Pudims

    It's amazing how pro Obama comments get readily posted, while the negative ones await moderation.

    June 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Heather

    Lieberman wouldn't be happy in Canada. Up here party leaders expel members who vote against the party or loudly voice opinions opposed to the party platform. To get their voices heard, they have to be invited to join another party. Otherwise, they sit in parliament as silent, lame ducks. I hope the dems dump him asap.

    June 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Phil From VA

    what a joke. Please, run again and see if you will win. Same old...

    June 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Charles

    As an resident of Connecticut I am saddened that this man is my Senator. I am going to work hard to get him booted out when his term is up. He is a Republican in hiding, he's no Independant.

    June 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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